HIGHLIGHTS-Tennis-Day eight at the Australian Open
MELBOURNE, Jan 23 Highlights from day eight of the Australian Open tennis championships on Monday (all times GMT):
PARIS, June 4 Rafa Nadal has won more Roland Garros titles than anyone yet he has been shunted off the main showcourt on Wednesday to make way for Frenchman Gael Monfils who has never made a grand slam final in almost a decade of trying.
Nadal will continue his pursuit of a record-extending ninth French Open crown on Suzanne Lenglen Court, where he will face fellow Spaniard David Ferrer in the quarter-finals.
Ferrer beat the champion the last time they met, in the Monte Carlo Masters just weeks ago, but replicating that feat in a tournament where Nadal has a phenomenal 63-1 win-loss record might be an ambition too far.
Nadal's relegation to the second showcourt means that Monfils will be able to draw on the support of 15,000 hollering fans when he takes on Wimbledon champion Andy Murray on Philippe Chatrier Court.
Before Monfils whips up the crowd, 2012 French Open runner-up Sara Errani will take on German 28th seed Andrea Petkovic.
Svetlana Kuznetsova, champion in 2009, will also be eager to join compatriot Maria Sharapova in the last four by beating the highest ranked player left in the women's draw, fourth seeded Romanian Simona Halep. (Reporting by Pritha Sarkar, editing by Justin Palmer)
Jan 23 (Gracenote) - Results from the Australian Open Men's Singles Round 4 matches on Monday 9-Rafa Nadal (Spain) beat 6-Gael Monfils (France) 6-3 6-3 4-6 6-4 3-Milos Raonic (Canada) beat 13-Roberto Bautista (Spain) 7-6(6) 3-6 6-4 6-1 15-Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria) beat Denis Istomin (Uzbekistan) 2-6 7-6(2) 6-2 6-1 11-David Goffin (Belgium) beat 8-Dominic Thiem (Austria) 5-7 7-6(4) 6-2 6-2
MELBOURNE, Jan 23 Rafa Nadal returned to the grand slam big-time by fending off Gael Monfils 6-3 6-3 4-6 6-4 in a tense clash on Monday to reach the Australian Open quarter-finals.